Winter Break in January
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January 1, 2008
January 9, 2008
Spot the Difference
When you experience (negative) -15C degrees of weather and 30cm (1 foot) of snow and after a week you see green grass on your lawn and the thermometers read (positive) +15C degrees - your eyes maybe failing you - actually not.
You are just in North America in 2008.
Yes here in our quiet town, we experienced them freakishly this week. In fact as I type this I'm already contemplating of walking in shorts outside. Monday, it was 10C (50F) , Tuesday, 15C (59F), then today, Wednesday, the mercury was down to 8C (46F) but the sun was "Boracay-glorious!"
For the record, the 2 snow storms that happened in the last 2 weeks of this passed December poured more snow in Toronto than the WHOLE 3-month winter season of 2007. I must admit that you'd be one of the 3 wise men to say, "let's invest on a snow blower"...and then waking up to this week mala-summer weather. :P
Worse, if you booked a vacation in St. Bart's during the first 2 weeks of January to escape from the usually frigid cold January in Toronto - you might want to cancel that as I see our neighbor, waving his hand at me, preparing for dinner - turning on their grills outside.
This latest disturbance - that of not being able to wear shorts outside in January - not because of your crooked legs :), but because January was meant to be in sub-zero temps, joins other myths about North America:
1. Yes, we have dust.
2. Yes, we have cockroaches (but not the flying ipis ones - maybe in old apartments)
3. Yes, there's traffic pile up too - rivalling EDSA.
4. No, we don't have to shovel snow everyday. Only if your car can't climb a 5 cm snowpile.
5. Yes, we have rice, bagoong, and other Pinoy delicacies from your favorite Asian Store.
6. No, we still don't have Jollibee, Goldilocks, etc, despite having close to 1 million Pinoys in Canada. But we have Aristokrat, Remely's and other Pinoy restos who can rival any chain back home.
7. And yes, we still call the Philippines - home.